More than 200 object to plans to change campsite at Green Hill Farm at Landford
MORE than 200 residents have objected to plans by a campsite at Landford to ditch its touring pitches in favour of glamping tents and static caravans.
As reported in the A&T, Green Hill Farm, owned by Lovat Parks, applied to the national park authority to install 174 static caravans, which includes retaining 60 already present.
The new caravans would take the place of 130 existing touring and camping pitches. The site would also add eight safari tents, four glamping pods and four shepherd huts.
The public consultation, which closed last week, attracted 206 objections and 64 letters of support.
Those backing the changes said would offer year-round employment instead of seasonal work and result in less traffic as touring caravans and campervans will no longer be visiting.
However, those against the development said it will increase traffic, noise, littering and pollution.
Resident Stephanie Hildon told the A&T: "At a [recent]meeting 100 local residents turned up to voice their objections [and] a petition has now been signed by more than 400 local residents.
"The increase in site capacity and site area would be in direct contravention of policy to not extend campsites within the national park. There is no doubt that this will have a major impact on the area and residents."
Lovat Parks founder Raoul Fraser told the A&T: “Our plans have been carefully developed to benefit the local economy, our community and the environment.
"Our relationship with the local community is hugely important to us and we continue to listen to concerns and make changes to our plans to address issues."